Helping coastal states find their voice

Our policy work is centered around using the collective IPNLF voice to advocate for improved domestic and international management of global tuna fisheries. We aim to protect against overfishing, reduce bycatch of vulnerable species, and improve governance by strategically engaging IPNLF members in key national, regional, and multilateral negotiations.

National and International Developments

On a national level, we work closely with governments to help them understand the rules, regulations and international framework of fisheries and what these mean for their respective nations. We collaboratively create and execute projects to improve their alignment with international policy as well as work to improve their engagement with RFMOs. 

Our international work ranges from engaging with global initiatives like the UN Global Compact, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Small Scale Fisheries, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), and the UN Global CompactWe also participate in Intergovernmental fora, such as the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where we have observer status which allows us to gain real insights and scope in taking a social sustainability approach to fisheries development.

“One-by-one tuna fisheries often lack the influence and resources to ensure their rights and needs are protected by decision-makers on both a local and global scale. It’s for this reason that we work with fishery organisations and governments on regulations that ensure the conservation and responsible management of tunas, contributing to a fairer and healthier world.”

– Yaiza Dronkers, IPNLF Atlantic Regional Manager

 

RFMOs

As tuna species are highly migratory, management of tuna populations span wide geographical areas that are organised into Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, or ‘RFMOs’.

IPNLF actively participates at three of the five tuna RFMO’s; International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’ (IOTC), and has observer status at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

A number of organisations provide recommendations to RFMOs on how policies should be implemented to ensure sustainable fisheries management. For example, the Outermost Regions Advisory Council (CCRUP) which is a recently formed regional EU stakeholder-led organisation that provides the European Commission and relevant EU countries with recommendations on fisheries management matters. Similarly, the Long Distance Advisory Council (LDAC), a group made up of more than 50 members from 12 EU coastal Member States who represent relevant stakeholders in and outside of the fisheries sector, provide advice to promote the sustainable use of fishing resources.

Policy decisions taken at RMFOs have wide reaching implications for companies sourcing tuna. If tuna stocks are poorly managed and overfished, this can result in public pressure for companies to respond through advocacy efforts or through adjusting their procurement decisions to source tuna from elsewhere. As an active participant in RFMO fisheries management discussions, IPNLF also acts as a key resource for many of our commercial members in terms of fully understanding the implications of policy outcomes, and subsequently offer a range of support in how best to respond though public communications or advocacy efforts. 

Please find recent RFMO policy documentation on the Resources page

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Policy Documents

IPNLF has influenced the production of many policies within the tuna fishing industry, to give small-scale fishermen a voice.

Please find recent RFMO policy documentation on the Resources page

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Read our latest policy news below:

 

IOTC November Special Session – Joint Position Statement

IOTC November Special Session – Joint Position Statement

Small-scale tuna sector push for ‘polluter pays’ principle in Atlantic

Small-scale tuna sector push for ‘polluter pays’ principle in Atlantic

Tuna Tales film series premieres in the Azores

Tuna Tales film series premieres in the Azores

Story From the Field: Providing vessel tracker on St Helena island

Story From the Field: Providing vessel tracker on St Helena island

St Helena leads by example with new Fisheries Bill

St Helena leads by example with new Fisheries Bill

Statement from SHARKPROJECT International and International Pole & Line Foundation

Statement from SHARKPROJECT International and International Pole & Line Foundation

IPNLF release their Position Statement ahead of ICCAT Session

IPNLF release their Position Statement ahead of ICCAT Session

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE 25TH SESSION OF THE IOTC

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE 25TH SESSION OF THE IOTC

Joint NGO Statement on the urgency of adopting an interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock

Joint NGO Statement on the urgency of adopting an interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock

Joint statement in advance of the 25th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

Joint statement in advance of the 25th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission

More than 100 organisations call for urgent curb on destructive drifting-FADs to rebuild tuna stocks and protect fragile marine ecosystems

More than 100 organisations call for urgent curb on destructive drifting-FADs to rebuild tuna stocks and protect fragile marine ecosystems

IOTC SPECIAL SESSION – POSITION STATEMENT

IOTC SPECIAL SESSION – POSITION STATEMENT

IPNLF position on IOTC Resolution 19/01 – On an interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock in the IOTC area of competence

IPNLF position on IOTC Resolution 19/01 – On an interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock in the IOTC area of competence

Establishment of CC RUP gives necessary support to small-scale fishers in EU’s outermost regions

Establishment of CC RUP gives necessary support to small-scale fishers in EU’s outermost regions

IPNLF Launch of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025

IPNLF Launch of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Progress stagnates at WCPFC16

Progress stagnates at WCPFC16

Accelerate action: Region with the world’s largest tuna fisheries needs robust, holistic and inclusive management

Accelerate action: Region with the world’s largest tuna fisheries needs robust, holistic and inclusive management

Pivotal progress: ICCAT agrees on a rebuilding plan for overfished bigeye tuna

Pivotal progress: ICCAT agrees on a rebuilding plan for overfished bigeye tuna

It’s time for ICCAT to deliver meaningful change

It’s time for ICCAT to deliver meaningful change

Indonesia Marine Funders Collaboration (IMFC) Grantee Conference

Indonesia Marine Funders Collaboration (IMFC) Grantee Conference

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